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wan

adjective     /wɒn/ US  /wɑːn/ (wanner, wannest) literary
(of a person's face) more pale than usual and tired-lookingThe skin, and skin colourNot fit and healthyThin or slender (of people) wanly     /ˈwɒn.li/ US  /wɑːn-/ adverb She smiled wanly (= showing no energy or enthusiasm).The skin, and skin colourNot fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
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